Harriman wanting Midtown properties

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By Cindy Simpson

Harriman officials hope to incorporate several properties on both sides of Hwy. 70 with a referendum in June.

A resolution to annex the Midtown area properties was approved by Harriman City Council during a special-called meeting April 22.

“A lot of the properties are already under contract with the city, except four of them,” said Harriman building inspector Maria Nelson during discussion of the resolution at a workshop last week.

“The people that live on these parcels they are aware they have to vote,” she said.

Many of the parcels are already under written agreement to be in the city. Officials are only pursuing those interested in being annexed for this referendum, which will be on the ballot during the city elections on June 7.

Only people who live on the properties — not necessarily the property owners themselves — will be permitted to vote on the  referendum.

Nelson said only four of the parcels have people living on them.

Part of the land is in the area where Covenant Health will build a new hospital complex if the state approves a certificate of need at a Wednesday hearing in Nashville.

If the state approves the certificate of need, Roane Medical Center will move from its longtime downtown Harriman facility to an area northeast of the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

Other property under consideration for annexation is on South Pine Ridge Road behind Walgreen’s and off Old Hwy. 70/Keylon Drive, south of Swan Pond Road.

Part of the remaining properties surrounds a medical complex under construction on Hwy. 70.

The proposal skips over Pattersons Home Appliances, which neighbors Walgreen’s on Hwy. 70.

Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said city officials and Patterson’s owner Steve Patterson have an agreement not to pursue annexing that property.

“The only concern is Griffith Drive if the county hasn’t closed it,” Mason said.

“You can’t even tell a road is there,” Mynatt said.

Nelson said she would make sure the county had taken steps to close the road before the referendum.